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Rượu nếp (sometimes also called rượu nếp bắc, lit. 'northern glutinous rice wine' or rượu nếp cẩm, lit. 'black glutinous rice wine') is a pudding or drink from northern Vietnam.
|Place of origin||Vietnam|
|Region or state||Southeast Asia|
|Main ingredients||Glutinous rice, yeast|
It is made from glutinous rice that has been fermented with the aid of yeast and steamed in a banana leaf. It may be either deep purplish-red or yellow in color depending on the variety of rice used. Rượu nếp is mildly alcoholic (rượu is the word for "alcohol" in Vietnamese). Depending on its consistency, it may be considered either a pudding or a wine. Thicker versions are eaten with a spoon, while more liquid varieties may be drunk as a beverage. Rượu nếp than is a brown-colored rice wine.
Many Vietnamese people regard rượu nếp as a healthful food, and believe that it wards off or kills parasites.
Although they are most typical of northern Vietnam, rượu nếp and rượu nếp than are available in Ho Chi Minh City, at the market near the residential quarter where northern Vietnamese people live.
In Vietnam's Central Highlands, a similar rice wine, rượu cần (literally "stem wine" or "tube wine"), is drunk in a communal manner, through long reed straws out of large earthenware jugs. Rượu cần may be made out of ordinary rice, glutinous rice, cassava, or corn, along with leaves and herbs. Yet another variety of minority rice wine is rượu nếp nương, made from a glutinous rice grown in mountainous cultivation areas of Vietnam's northwest.